National Recognition for Improving Patient Care

Health bosses in Stafford, Cannock Chase and the surrounding areas have received national recognition for a programme of work, which supports GPs to distinguish between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), without the need for patients to attend numerous hospital appointments.

Representatives from Stafford and Surrounds CCG and Cannock Chase CCG presented the project at June's Commissioning Live conference and are set to do the same again in November as well as being put forward for a Shared Learning Award with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The pilot for the project, which has also attracted the attention of the Department of Health, has seen the test, called CalScreen, introduced across all GP practices in Stafford and Cannock and could bring an end to the need for patients to attend numerous hospital appointments just to receive a diagnosis.

Protect your little ones from flu this winter

As December draws that little bit closer so does the Christmas cheer, and with all the excitement the more everyday things get lost or forgotten. So, before the inevitable coughs, colds and flu really get a grip, Cannock and Rugeley GPs are urging parents of children between the ages of two and seven to make sure their little ones have their flu nasal vaccination as soon as possible to ensure they are protected for the winter months.

Cannock Chase CCG Annual Report 2014-2015

Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) submitted its second Annual Report with final audited accounts to NHS England on Friday 29 May. The Annual Report covers the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015.

As Clinical Commissioning Groups we are required to publish one single document which incorporates our Annual Reports and Accounts each year. The National Health Service Act of 2006 (as amended) requires CCGs to prepare these in accordance with directions issued by NHS England.

The Annual Report will be formally presented at our Annual General Meeting, which is taking place on Thursday 2 July 2015, from 6.30pm at the Aquarius Ballroom and Banqueting Suite in Hednesford.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and asked to confirm their attendance by contacting Gill Hackett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning 01785 355796

Medicines Waste Campaign

Every year £1.5million worth of medicines are being wasted locally – money that could have paid for other treatments or services.

There is no such thing as a free prescription. Even if you don't pay for your prescriptions there is still a cost to the NHS.

Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a public awareness campaign to advise people of what they can do to help reduce medicines waste.

It is everyone's NHS, so let's use it wisely.

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